Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money
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Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money

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In an interview, Geneen Roth (Women, Food, and God) noted that our relationship with food goes much deeper than health concerns: "It's not just about what you put in your mouth. Food is both concrete and metaphorical—it's something we deal with every day, but it can also be a doorway that leads into the hidden rooms of our lives." In Lost and Food, what we eat and the food

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Published March 22nd 2011 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Rachel Bussel
I'm a longtime Geneen Roth fan, and think this might be her best work yet, or at the very least, right up there, as she untangles the ways we think about money and food and what they represent. She starts with her own major loss--her and her husband's life savings of one million dollars, which had been invested with Bernie Madoff. But what's really at the heart of this book is why and how she came to invest with him and the assumptions she'd made about money--that caring about it was for "other...more
Donna
This was a book club pick that I put down over halfway through. Even considering how difficult I found it to relate to the author's predicament or lifestyle, I think I'd have enjoyed reading it if she'd focused more tightly on the "memoir about money" theme.

Instead of tying her experience as a Madoff victim closely to financial insights, Roth rambles through repetitive digressions about food and spiritual practice. She also heavily references the content of her previous books. I guess that we we...more
Elizabeth
Although I don't really have "money issues", this little book made me look at the other things I've got a "scarcity paradigm" problem with. I'd pretty much call it a life-changer, and that is an understatement.

If you don't have time to read the book, here is its essence in one sentence:
"When we pierce the trance--or something pierces it for us, like a death or accident or financial loss--it's as if we step out of the dream and into the crystalline freshness of life itself."
Sue Smith
I didn't think that I would enjoy this book that much. I mean - it seemed interesting when I read about it on the library site. Peaked my curiosity so to speak. Then it sat on my TBR shelf until I realized that it had to be returned in a day and there was a reader request list a mile long waiting to read it. I couldn't renew it. Well - I could - I'd just have to wait again, and that just seemed like a goofy thing to do. So I decided to start it and see if it was one that I would go back to or no...more
Kim
This was okay, but maybe because I'm struggling day to day, I found it extremely hard to sympathize with the author stressing about how to pay her mortgage, when she admits to handing over all of her money to an investor and not seeing it after that. Obviously her husband made enough money that her income didn't matter, and if she now actually has her income, they're fine.

I can relate to the love=parents buying stuff, but she didn't seem to have any "unexpected revelations" regarding this, at l...more
ElroyStrongjaws
I picked this book up from the library thinking it was about something else. Once I started reading it, I knew it was not part of my Sustainable Food research that I am doing for work. However, I just got sucked in by her writing style, and stories about people who were dumb enough to invest all of their money with Bernie Madoff were like driving by a car accident. I just couldn't look away. In turn, I found an author I liked. What was fascinating to me is she explains why people like her invest...more
Maxine
This was a DNF for me, and despite the fact that I couldn't get through this, I'm still giving this 2 stars based solely on the fact that Roth is a good writer.

This sounds like a great book. It's a good idea. It has a solid concept, and one that I think is valid, yet I couldn't handle this book.

Partly this could be due to the utterly narcissistic writing. The intense and completely unnecessary navel-gazing. The endless quotations of Zen and Buddhist masters (yes, we get it! You're new age and al...more
Ciara
this was an interesting book but i can't co-sign it entirely because i don't have any friends that are millionaires (as far as i am aware) & i think this book would be a little alienating to anyone that was not a millionaire. which is not say that non-millionaires can't get something out of it, but i don't know if it's really that surprising to anyone who has struggled with money their entire life to hear that people often have dysfunctional relationships with money. i don't know.

this kind o...more
Lee
I picked this up at random for something to listen to on the commute between work and home. I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I could not relate to it, since I'm not particularly materialistic, nor have I been in a position to make investments anywhere near the realm of 10K, much less the kind of money Roth is talking about. I began to find the description of the Madoff experience tedious & found myself zoning out entirely. This is unfortunate, because I would suddenly notice...more
Autumn
3.5

This book is more of a memoir than the other book by Geneen Roth that I read, Women, Food and God, which I really enjoyed. It has much in common with that book, but is probably less practical. Still somewhat of a self-help book, in Lost and Found Roth spends a great deal of time reflecting on her own relationship with money, and how her denial of her financial situation led to her loss of almost a million dollars with Bernie Madoff. Some other reviewers here commented that normal folks, who d...more
Laura
While this book didn't have the mind-blowing heft of some of her other books like "When Food is Love" or "Women Food and God," it had plenty of important points about the connections between how our relationship with food and our relationship with money. Roth talks a lot about the denial around money that so many women have. I admit that I am guilty on this count. There have been months where I knew I spent more than I earned and the paralyzing fear around admitting that and seeing it in ink on...more
Lori Paximadis
Some interesting ideas about attitudes toward money and putting it into proper perspective in your life, but very much geared for people who are compulsive about it one way or the other (spending or saving). Although I do have my money issues, compulsion is not one of them, so this book was of limited utility for me.

Other reviewers have noted that this might have made a better essay than a book, that a lot was repetitive and there seemed to be a lot of filler, and I tend to agree. The fact that...more
Sophia
I love her unpretentious and totally authentic style. This is a fierce topic and it is very telling about women and our roles in financial society. Basically we need a feminist revolution in money matters more than any other system. If it is the root of all evil, and I would argue that along with religion you can't get a more evil duo. Than we the people need to know and understand the enemy and stop letting the white dudes of this world continue to drive this train. But we first need to overcom...more
Andrienne
When I read the blurb, I thought, "Wow, this is so relevant." When I started reading it, I thought, okay, it talks about the Madoff Ponzi victims, i.e. Roth. I can't put my finger on it, but somehow the book feels like it was meant to comfort Roth and Roth alone. She does share some useful insights here and there, but they are so few and eclipsed by mundane "revelations" such as wandering into a store selling $800 dresses and then realizing that buying them wouldn't really mean anything or somet...more
Chavonne
Jul 15, 2011 Chavonne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Geneen Roth loyalists
Shelves: mindful-eating
I really did not like this book. It was typical Geneen Roth writing, but I just couldn't find myself getting into it. It dragged the whole time for me. I do recognize that some of my eating behaviors show up in the way I spend money (scrimp then blow money because I've been "good" and "deserve it"). Maybe if I took more time to think about how the way I spend money reflects how I experience the world, I'd have more insight. I think the way I spend money is really healthy, though, much more mindf...more
Lain
This could very well be one of the most important books I read this year. Geneen Roth turns her wisdom and unflinching self-reflection to the topic of money. After losing her life's savings to Bernie Madoff, Roth can no longer play, "Fat, dumb and happy" with matters of the wallet. She dives into her lifelong propensity to play "the little lady" and let the "big, strong men" take over. What she finds is nothing short of life-changing. So many quotable passages, "aha!" moments, and wisdom. Highly...more
Kimberly
If you're ever struggled with weight or money or shopping, trying to prove to all the people who aren't even paying attention to you anyway that you are worthy of the space you take up in this world, this is a book you should read. What I always enjoy about Roth's writing is that it isn't all "I've been there and here's how I conquered it, here's how I've done what you haven't been able to." There's a honesty and frankness that is all too often lacking in other books like this.
Margaret
I'm not overly fond of the author's somewhat scattered writing style. There were snippets of insight that I could relate to here and there but for the most part I've decided that I don't have these sorts of issues with food or money, at least not to the degree that people in this book do. I did learn a lot about the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme though, to which I'd paid scant attention when it happened.
Colleen Wainwright
I've read many versions of the crazy-life/crazy-money story, but this one really struck home: partly because I have vast experience using substances to put distance between me and my feelings, and partly because a lady who admits to working through her food issues only to have them show up in her money life—and via the Bernie Madoff débâcle, no less—is someone whose experience is going to be hella illuminating.

The book is a deeper exploration of the Aha! Moment™ around money/food issues Roth wro...more
Sheila
I always have a hard time admitting this, because I feel like a CPA should be great with her personal finances, but I...am not. This book was a revelation for me in terms of helping me figure out some of the emotions I attach to money and spending. I have a lot of work to do in this area, but I feel much less ashamed about it now.
Meryl  Davids Landau
A fabulous, honest look By Roth, a woman who lost everything to Bernie Madoff and used the tragedy to find her spiritual center. Truly inspiring, and well-written to boot!
Jaime
I fortunately stumbled upon this book and it's taken me in. I hope I can find my way to the mindfulness the author has in this book.
Pamela
Nov 24, 2012 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any woman struggling with weight or money issues
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JudgyK
By her own admission, Geneen Roth "stopped taking any responsibility for having [money] or deciding what to do with it." A friend suggested she and her husband invest with a brilliant fund manager, and they promptly signed up, turning over all their money. She thought it was "simple, smart, and safe."

Too bad the brilliant investment guy was Bernie Madoff.

Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life tells mostly the story of the immediate aftermath of Madoff's arrest...more
Leanne
Hooray for sleep-deprived critiques!

My favorite thing about this book is the way it's written. Roth writes well. The text is engrossing and easy-to-read. The level of honesty is amazing. The book is really heart-felt, and Roth holds nothing back-- even things that may not paint her in the best light.

Sometimes it is a bit difficult to relate to; I can't imagine there being very many people who started with the amount of money she had. From the standpoint of someone who has just about always made...more
Happyreader
If you start a book with how you - and most of your friends - lost your life savings to Bernie Madoff, consider me hooked. Especially if you also tie it into dysfunctional eating behaviors and the need to be more mindful. If that's not enough, this is not the first time she's been defrauded - or heck, even the second time. And that's where I start to wonder.

The strongest points she makes are you can lose everything and still overcome your fears and anxieties and that when you do have money, try...more
Rachel P
I was excited to win this book as a first-reads giveaway because I am always interested in new insights about food and eating habits. This author has written extensively about food and it is especially noteworthy coming from someone with years of experience battling her weight and writing about her experiences.

This story takes place during the fallout of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. The author, along with many others who misplaced their trust in that dirt bag, lost her entire life savings. H...more
Deb
*Losing the trance, finding the truth*

In _Women Food and God_, Geneen Roth illuminated how the way we approach food mirrors how we approach life. In her newest treasure _Lost and Found_, Geneen shares a similar discovery of how our relationship to money also reflects our core attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors for life in general. In both the cases with food and money, it's not about the actual material substances themselves, but how "our relationship to both substances are expressions of uncons...more
Karen
I have read most of Geneen Roth's work. Her books on food as a symbol (as opposed to fuel) are incredibly insightful and intimate and thoughtful. This book is good too; I just am less interested in money than I was in food and bodies; and some of this feels a bit like a repeat, for, as she acknowledges, her relationship with food is like her relationship with money: "Because I was never [emotionally] aware of what I already had, I never felt as if I had enough." She begins the book by admitting...more
Karen
What happens when all your savings/investments were entrusted to Bernie Madoff? Geneen Roth and her husband--and many of their friends--experienced just that. Roth is best known for her numerous books on weight and compulsive eating, and in this book she recognizes that we can have disordered relationships with money and possessions as easily as we can with food. She comes from a mildly Buddhist perspective of mindfulness and focus on the present, while exploring the genesis some of our attitude...more
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Geneen Roth's pioneering books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain, scarcity, we b...more
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